Forthcoming IAFL Events

IAFL Annual Meeting, Oslo, Norway

Event date: 03 Jun 2020

Where and When

Grand Hotel Oslo

Karl Johans Gate 31

Start: Wednesday 3rd June 2020 at 12:00 PM
End: Sunday 7th June 2020 at 2:00 PM

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IAFL are very sorry to announce that, due to Coronavirus COVID-19, the IAFL Annual Meeting has been cancelled. IAFL is currently exploring other options to deliver the Education Programme. Further details will be added as they become available.


Oslo, the capital city of Norway, is situated at the top of Oslofjord, enclosed by forests and mountains. As one of Europe’s fastest growing cities this decade, Oslo buzzes with energy whilst maintaining its refreshing closeness to nature and is packed full of iconic landmarks both inland and near or on the water. Home to many of the country’s most prestigious cultural institutions, first-rate opera, ballet and theatre performances can be enjoyed throughout the year, and art lovers can see famous works at the National Museum and the Munch Museum and browse through the city’s many galleries. Oslo’s restaurant scene is constantly evolving with new, diverse and innovative kitchens – many of them adding their own take on Norwegian ingredients and food traditions which has gained them international praise. In 2019, Oslo was named European Green Capital for its dedication to conserving natural areas and reducing pollution. This compact city centre is easy and safe to explore on foot or by bicycle, and the efficient public transport system makes it accessible without a car.

Meeting Hotel

The meeting will be held at the beautiful Grand Hotel Oslo. This historic luxury hotel is located in the centre of Oslo within easy reach of the key sights. It is best known as the venue for the annual Nobel Peace Prize banquet, and the prize winner stays in the Nobel Suite at the hotel. IAFL has reserved a number of rooms which can be booked until 20th April 2020 and are offered on a first come first served basis. The room rates are as follows: Single from NOK2800 and double from NOK3050 including breakfast, WiFi and all taxes (approx. US$324 & US$353 respectively). Cancellations can be made free of charge up until 7 days prior to arrival; after this time cancellations and no shows will incur a charge for one night. 

CLICK Here to reserve your hotel room 

Meeting Programme 

Click here to view the detailed meeting programme

Tuesday 2nd June

  • IAFL is hosting a pre-meeting Introduction to International Family Law Conference in Oslo. Although the target audience for the conference are non-Fellows from Denmark, Sweden, Finland & Norway, IAFL Fellows may wish to attend. Click here for more information and to register

Wednesday 3rd June 

  • Orientation tour which will include a walk through the Vigeland Sculpture Park in Frogner Park
  • Evening Welcome Reception and Dinner at Grand Hotel, Oslo

Thursday 4th June 

  • Morning: Audrey Ducroux Lecture for all followed by Education Programme for Lawyers
  • Afternoon: Visit to Holmenkollen, home to the world famous ski jump and ski museum
  • Evening: Happy Hour at Ling Ling and Dinner at a selection of Oslo restaurants

 Friday 5th June 

  • Morning: Education Programme for Lawyers. Cooking Class and Market Visit for Accompanying and Young Guests 
  • Afternoon: Visit to Bygdøy’s Viking Ship Museum, Fram Museum with its 19th-century polar ship and Kon-Tiki Museum, dedicated to the life of adventurer Thor Heyerdahl
  • Evening: Happy Hour and Dinner at Ekeberg restaurant

Saturday 6th June 

  • Morning: Education Programme for Lawyers followed by IAFL Annual Meeting for all Fellows and IAFL Board of Governors Meeting. City Walk with visit to Nobel Peace Prize Centre and Opera House for Accompanying and Young Guests
  • Afternoon: An afternoon cruise or RIB ride on Oslofjord
  • Evening: President’s Dinner at The Bristol Hotel

Sunday 7th June 

  • Morning: Golf at Losby Golf Club

Click here to view Visit Oslo's 3 minute promotional video which we think will give you a taste of what a wonderful city Oslo is. It includes several elements of the social programme that we are planning.

Education Programme

The Education Programme is being led by Suzanne Kingston (England), Alice Meier Bourdeau (France), Else-Marie Merckoll (Norway) and Dr Kerstin Niethammer-Jürgens (Germany). It will include the following topics:-

  • Moral Maze: Medicine and Family Law
  • Religion and Family Law
  • Modern way of dealing with couples, separation and children (arbitration/mediation)
  • Surrogacy and the ECHR from the perspective of the Norwegian State
  • Surrogacy worldwide

Click here to view the Education Programme

Sponsorship Opportunities

IAFL are truly grateful to our meeting sponsors who are helping to make the meeting and its activities accessible to International Family Lawyers from around the world:

  • Kolodny Law Group: Coffee Breaks
  • Rechtsanwaltskanzlei Dr. Alfred Kriegler: Entertainment at President's Dinner
  • Financial Research Associates: Thursday Happy Hour at Ling Ling
  • Bales Beall LLP: Photographer at The President's Dinner
  • Carmen R Gillett PLLC: Photographer at The Audrey Ducroux Lecture
  • Siegel & Kaufman, PC: Photographer at The Welcome Reception
  • Sucherman Insalaco LLP: Speakers' Gifts
  • Schaffer Family Law, Ltd.: Pocket Programmes

We would very much welcome offers of sponsorship from Fellows, their firms or other firms wishing to develop a relationship with IAFL. All sponsors will be recognised on our website, in conference materials and during the course of the meeting, and would have the opportunity to distribute promotional material to delegates.

Click here to review the sponsorship opportunities available for Oslo

Please e-mail Ali Massey at if you are interested in sponsoring the meeting.





Pre and Post Meeting Travel

IAFL is not arranging pre or post meeting tours. Our Destination Management Company, 6.Sans, has made some suggestions that may be of interest for anyone who is planning to extend their stay in Norway. 6.Sans has also recommended visiting the website 'Norway in a nutshell', which will help you to 'experience the essence of Norway by travelling through the Norwegian fjords, mountains and valleys on Norway's most popular tours'.

Click here to view 6.Sans's Norway suggestions

Click here to visit the website 'Norway in a nutshell'

Terms and Conditions

Refund Policy

Full refund of registration fee if cancellation occurs before Wednesday 13th May, 2020 less $100 administration fee per person (credit card costs and expenses of the administrator). No refund of registration fees thereafter. Tour and event fees are refundable if cancellation occurs before Wednesday 13th May, 2020 only if the IAFL is not charged.

Non-Practising Fellows

Non-Practising Fellows who wish to attend the Education Programme should register as a 'Fellow'. Non-Practising Fellows who do not wish to attend the Education Programme may register as a 'Non-Practising Fellow' which carries the same registration fee as an Accompanying Guest. 

Lawyer Guests

Lawyers who are eligible to apply for fellowship are permitted to attend two IAFL meetings as a 'Lawyer Guest' before applying for fellowship.

Young Guests

Guests aged 21 and under are not required to pay a registration fee but will pay full price for any tours or functions that they attend.

IAFL Use of your Data

IAFL collects data from meeting participants in order to answer queries and summarise registration details to participants; to provide conference papers, name badges for lawyers and guests and delegate lists; to cross check hotel and meeting registrations to ensure that nothing has been forgotten; to organise the conference education programme, tours and dinners and make sure that any special needs are catered for; to keep participants updated about meeting arrangements; and to provide confirmation of attendance where required to obtain CPD points. IAFL will not share participants' data with any organisations other than those directly involved in organising and delivering the meeting activities and our IT service providers. For further information about how IAFL protect your personal information, please review our Privacy Policy.

Further information

For further information please contact Ali Massey via


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